Let’s take a second to salute Texas Terri, & The raging Stiff Ones. This band has gotten so good within the last two years. The Stiff Ones play these punk-edged riffs with sharp, melodic new-wavy breaks, and always have the sound amped up so loud – fit for a stage the size of the Palace or something. Terri’s raw power vocals always manage to get mixed out front and in your face, right on top of their wall of sound. Over the last month or so I saw ‘em at Martini Lounge, the Garage, and the Sunset Junction Festival, and they always play the same insane energy level in front of 20 or 120 fans. They got their chops down, a cool CD out, and I gotta say it’s time for the Baby Bird to leave the nest. Havin’ the opportunity to see Terri around town a few times a month is always a cool sure thing, a great time, like hangin’ out sneakin’ butts and drinks with your really cool older rock’n’roll sister. But it’s time they take this thing out on the road. They epitomize DIY punk rock and roll from the trenches of LA, and I couldn’t think of a nicer person to represent us out there. The Stiff Ones would be a perfect opener to get the party started for so many bigger touring bands – so somebody hook them up. These guys and Damnation have gotta be the hardest working LA bands I’ve seen in my ten years out here. Hopefully 1999 will be the year the work pays off for both of ‘em. – flipside


Hey, the critics may have a stiff one for the new Hole album, but this stiffie’s better. I’ve never seen a gal do Iggy better than Terri, and I only seen one guy do Iggy better. That’d be the man.... Dynamite performer, dynamite voice. The band ain’t slouches either. This disc is so good that it follows me around like my shadow these daze. Really dug “Burger & Fries” and Cave Woman.” Ya know, I love a record that puts the “fffffffff......” in fun. Strongly encouraged for those with rock and roll pumping through their veins, and the rest of you saps, too. If it can get me to work, it could wake up yer dead somnambulist ass. Buncha great songs that wraps up with a cover from my favorite Dictators album. I like.

This is one of those 70’s style punk and roll outfits, this one with a female singer who moans and shouts and gets lots of sweaty juju working. The music is mostly midpaced, with a sleazy vibe to it and the vocals, like too many nights on Hollywood Boulevard. Terri is (in)famous locally for taking most or all of her clothes off when she sings – but that doesn’t leave her bare, as she sports an interesting collection of tattoos. The CD label art was taken by Arlan at Fred Stuhr’s (RIP) studio and is an outtake from a photo session for a Censor This interview of her and her band, then called Baby Bird rather then the Stiff Ones. I know, ‘cause I was there handing her frosting and donuts to wear. 12 songs, one of which seems to be a Dicks cover, I guess that’s a Texas thang.

Being voted by Rock City News as L.A.'s "Most Psychotic Band" is not an honor to be taken lightly. Especially when you consider the enormous population of speed freaks, seriously delusional musicians, and other undesirables that you can run into at the numerous Hollywood nightclubs. Without the benefits of hard drugs or alcohol, Terri still manages to create one of the most reckless and disgusting displays of rock n roll on any given night in North America. Together with her guitar player Demon Boy Don, they make an updated co-ed version of the classic singer/guitarist "perfect chemistry" scenario. (SeeJagger & Richards, Bowie & Ronson, etc. for more details...) The Stiff Ones may have a strong following of riot grrls and teenage MTV punk rockers but they are actually just a revved up rock n roll band, Detroit style with a slight nod to the Manic Panic brand glam-punk of the Hollywood underground... This record is exactly that. Sparse production, hard hitting tunes, and zero pretension. Oh, and cool hairstyles and tattoos!

The appropriately titled "Eat Shit!" CD was released in 1998 but still remains the latest available piece of Texas Terri wax. In fact, the band has a different lineup now. The best song on the CD is called "Oh Yeah!" and is presumably a song about being a Hollywood punk, oblivious to the high pricetag lifestyles of Los Angeles dwellers. Terri sings "We didn't need a lot of money, that meant we didn't have to work too much/It was a good life honey, we never had to be in a rush." That's a brave statement for someone who lives in Hollywood!! Her primitive and antagonistic song "Cave Woman" is an anthem very suitable for those of us who are sick of the mentally retarded rock divas that plague the FM airwaves these days. If you crank this tune up loud enough, you can practically smell her B.O.! (That's an American acronym for "bodily odor" in case you wondered...) I won't lengthen this review to analyze the content of every Texas Terri song but I'll leave you with a promise that every tune on this CD makes a REAL and BITING statement, not a statement for shock value. As for musicianship, all the wrong notes are in all the right places and Demon Boy Don is my candidate as a guitar hero for the post-apocalyptic days following the Millenium when the world is reduced to rubble and refuse. Then again, maybe not but get a copy of this CD anyhow. –Jay Smith (from Glitzine)